The Advantages of Coloplast Self-Cath Catheters

Coloplast manufacturers the Self-Cath family of catheters for male, female, and pediatric patients. Self-Cath catheters are designed to make either self-catheterization or catheterization by a caregiver comfortable, safe, and easy. These intermittent catheters are latex-free and made of a flexible medical grade PVC material and silicone surface for smooth insertion.

Let’s talk about the Coloplast Self-Cath family of catheters now and point out each of their unique features and benefits.

Coloplast Self-Cath Straight Male Length CatheterThe Self-Cath Male Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter is constructed of a soft silicone material that is uncoated. These catheters are 16-inches long, feature fire-polished eyelets, and are individually packaged for sterile, single-use. This Self-Cath Straight Tip Catheter for men is latex-free, so it is safe for those with latex allergies.

The Self-Cath Male Straight Tip Catheter is also offered in a more compact curved packaging for more discreetness.

Coloplast Female Length Straight CatheterThe Self-Cath Female Straight Tip Catheter has excellent benefits like the male version, but it is only 6-inches long to accommodate the female anatomy. Six inches is the standard length for an intermittent female catheter and is designed for maximum comfort. With its smooth silicone surface and fire-polished eyelets, the Self-Cath Female Straight Tip Catheter makes catheterization for women easy and comfortable.

The Self-Cath Female Straight Catheter is also offered with a Luer End. This catheter style does not have a connector or color-coded funnel at the end of the tube but rather just an open end.

Coloplast Self-Cath Pediatric Intermittent Straight Tip CatheterJust like the male and female options of the Self-Cath Straight Tip Catheters, the Self-Cath Pediatric Straight Tip Catheter shares all the same great features at 10-inches in length. The clear, latex-free, smooth silicone surface with fire-polished eyelets helps make self-catheterization as comfortable as possible.

Coloplast Self-Cath Olive Tip Coudé CatheterThe Self-Cath Male Olive Tip Coude Catheter has a rounded, curved end to help navigate through narrow urethras upon insertion. This slightly curved and olive tip feature allows for a smoother passage into the bladder and may help bypass urethral obstructions. This 16-inch long male intermittent catheter is constructed of medical-grade PVC with a siliconized surface and fire-polished eyelets. The guide stripe on the Self-Cath Male Olive Tip Coude Catheter helps determine the placement of the angled tip. This intermittent male catheter is also latex-free.

Coloplast Self-Cath Tapered Tip Coudé Catheter

The Self-Cath Male Tapered Tip Coude Catheter has all the same features as the Olive Tip Coude Catheter; however, the tip is slightly bent and smaller at the entrance point. This tapered tip is the most common type of coude tip and can be helpful when navigating small blockages or obstructions.

Coloplast Self-Cath Soft Catheter

The Self-Cath Soft Male Catheter is 16-inches long, features a straight tip, and is made of a softer, more flexible material. The medical-grade PVC is firmer than a red rubber catheter yet softer than plastic. This male intermittent catheter has fire-polished eyelets, a siliconized surface for smooth insertion, and is latex-free for those with sensitivities.

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus Male Length CatheterThe Self-Cath Plus Male Catheter features a hydrophilic coating that activates immediately after exposure to water. This slippery surface then allows the user to experience easy and comfortable self-catheterization. The Self-Cath Plus Male Catheter is made of medical-grade PVC and has an uncoated GripZone area for handling control. This male intermittent catheter is 16-inches long, has fire-polished eyelets, and is latex-free.

Coloplast Self-Cath Plus Female Length CatheterThe Self-Cath Plus Female Catheter has all the same great features as the male option, but it is only 6-inches long. At this length, along with the water-activated hydrophilic coating, self-catheterization for women is as comfortable and easy as it can get.

Coloplast Self-Cath Closed System KitThe Self-Cath Closed System Catheter Kit is a 100% silicone, latex-free, unisex catheter system. This self-contained intermittent catheter system for men and women allows for a touch-free catheterization experience. The pre-lubricated tip makes gliding the catheter into the urethra easy and helps reduce the risk of infection. The Self-Cath Unisex Closed System Catheter Kit also features an extension sleeve for convenience that reduces the frequency of transfers due to catheter changes. The EasyOff tear makes it easy to use, even for patients with limited dexterity.

The Self-Cath Unisex Closed System Catheter Kit includes:

  • 16-inch intermittent catheter in a 1,100 cc vinyl collection bag
  • One pair of ambidextrous gloves
  • One underpad
  • Povidone-iodine swabsticks
  • Instructions for use

The Self-Cath Unisex Closed System Catheter Kit is also offered as an Olive Tip Coude Closed System.

As you can see, the Coloplast Self-Cath family of catheters are designed with patient comfort, safety, and ease of use in mind. With the variety of Self-Cath catheters available for men, women, and children, there is sure to be an option for you.

If you need assistance choosing the intermittent catheter that your doctor has prescribed you, we have a team of experienced Catheter Product Experts that can help guide you in the right direction. Remember, self-catheterization should never be uncomfortable; and with any of these selections, you are sure to be in good hands.

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Bard: High-Quality Urological Supplies and Catheters

For over 100 years, Bard has developed and manufactured high-quality catheters and urological products. Bard products range from Foley catheters, hydrophilic catheters, irrigation trays, leg bags and straps, feeding tubes, and so much more. In 2017, Becton, Dickenson & Co. (BD) acquired Bard; however, Bard catheters and urological supplies are still sold and considered some of the highest quality products offered today.

What did Bard first become known for?

Bardia Silicone Two-Way Foley Catheter 5ccBard was the first company to sell the Foley catheter invented in the 1930s by Frederic Foley of St. Cloud, MN. This catheter style remains in the bladder for some time to ensure adequate drainage, usually post-operative or short-term. The Foley catheter can stay securely in the bladder with a balloon at the end that keeps the catheter from sliding out when inflated using sterile water. Urine then can drain from the bladder and into a leg bag or other type of collection bag that can be emptied and changed while the catheter remains in place.

What are other types of Bard catheters?

Bard Hydrophilic Catheters

Bard hydrophilic catheters have a smooth and slippery surface, making them low-friction and easier to use than uncoated intermittent catheters. One of Bard’s top-performing hydrophilic catheters is the Magic3. The three layers of silicone make this catheter just the right firmness while remaining flexible and smooth. The Bard Magic3 is available in male, female, and pediatric lengths and other convenient styles.

Bard Closed-System Catheters

Bard Touchless Female Red Rubber Catheter KitBard closed-system catheters are designed to be completely touch-free and remain a popular choice. These closed-system catheters are available with a variety of options. You can choose from straight or coude tips, vinyl or red rubber material, or hydrophilic closed-systems. Bard closed-system catheters come in male, female, and pediatric lengths. Using a Bard closed-system catheter can help reduce the risk of bacterial infection that could lead to urinary tract or bladder infections since they offer a touchless catheterization experience.

Bard Straight and Coude Tip Catheters

Bard straight and coude tip catheter offerings are uncoated and require the use of manual lubrication. If a straight tip catheter causes you discomfort, a Bard coude tip catheter might be an option. Coude tip catheters can help bypass urethral obstructions and reduce any trauma to the site.

One of the most popular Bard straight catheters is the Bard Red Rubber All-Purpose Straight Catheter. It features two opposing drainage outlets and is soft, flexible, and comfortable for those that do not have an allergy to natural rubber latex.

External Catheters

Natural Non-Adhesive Silicone Male External Catheter with Reusable StrapBard also offers external catheters for both men and women. External catheters essentially eliminate all urethral trauma and can significantly reduce or eliminate urinary infections associated with frequent catheterization. Since these types of catheters are less invasive, they can be a more comfortable option.

What urological supplies does Bard offer?

Bard also offers drainage supplies, catheter holders, and insertion supply trays. Having the right urological supplies can make a big difference in the entire catheterization experience. The Bardia Foley Catheter Insertion Tray is an example of a complete system that offers everything needed for safe and comfortable self-catheterization, except for the catheter. These insertion trays can help save time and money.

A catheter holder or securing device can help reduce any trauma to the urethra and bladder. Bard catheter holders can help reduce the possibility of the catheter dislodging and injuring the penis or labia.

Where to buy Bard urological supplies and catheters?

We at Personally Delivered offer a wide variety of Bard catheters and urological products for men, women, and children. It is critical to note that all catheters require a doctor’s prescription and are only sold and shipped upon receiving prescription verification. If you need assistance finding the Bard catheter suitable for your needs, our Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to help. We are here to make it easy for you!

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Cure Medical: Making a Difference in the World of Catheters

Cure Medical was created in 2007 by Bob Yant and John Anderson. Bob was in a diving incident in the ocean and broke his neck, resulting in a C-5 spinal cord injury (SCI) that left him a quadriplegic. The name Cure Medical was derived from Bob’s passion for spinal cord research. Each year, Cure Medical gives ten percent of its net income to research for a cure for the causes of spinal cord injuries and central nervous system disorders. They are the only company in their industry that currently does this. Cure Medical takes great pride in designing innovative products and packaging with features that focus on improving quality of life. They offer exceptional products with many benefits for individuals within the SCI community. Cure Medical is now a partner of ours, and we are thrilled to have them join the ConvaTec family.

What products does Cure Medical manufacturer?

Cure Medical manufactures high-quality intermittent catheters in various styles, sizes, and coating options for those with various medical conditions. Some of those conditions include SCI, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, neurogenic bladder, and Transverse Myelitis, to name a few. Cure Medical works hard to design intermittent catheters that are safe and ready to use right out of the packaging for those with a variety of needs.

What materials are used to make Cure Medical catheters?

Cure Medical catheters are free from DEHP DINP BPA and natural rubber latexThe materials used and manufacturing processes set Cure Medical apart from other intermittent catheters manufacturers. Some other catheter manufacturers use harmful allergens and carcinogens as an economical way to make catheters flexible. Cure Medical catheters are always free from DEHP/DINP, a known carcinogen. Their intermittent catheters are also BPA and latex-free, making them a safer choice for those with an allergy to natural rubber latex. Manufacturing catheters made using high-quality materials free of cancer-causing plasticizers and latex sets Cure Medical apart. Catheter users can experience increased safety, comfort, and peace of mind.

Another benefit Cure Medical intermittent catheter users value is the ultrasonic process used when making the drainage eyelets. Some other catheter manufacturers use a low-cost method that cold-punches the eyelets, leaving them with rough edges. Cure Medical’s ultrasonic process ensures that all catheters have smooth, fire-polished eyelets for increased comfort and a more positive catheterization experience.

What female catheters does Cure Medical offer?

Cure Twist for Women

The Cure Twist intermittent catheter is a sterile, single-use intermittent catheter designed for women who value discretion and convenience. This female catheter is ready to use right out of the packaging that resembles ordinary makeup products like a tube of lipstick or mascara. For maximum comfort, the Cure Twist features a twist-off cap and smooth polished eyelets on a pre-lubricated straight tip catheter.  This intermittent female catheter offers a catheterization experience that allows for less mess and no dripping.

The Cure Twist is available as the catheter itself or part of a kit, including a BZK wipe, a pair of ambidextrous gloves, an underpad, and a universal connector. As always, the Cure Twist is not made with DEHP/DINP, BPA, or natural rubber latex, giving you peace of mind.

The Cure Twist for Women is six inches in length and available in sizes 8Fr – 16Fr.

Cure Ultra for Women

The Cure Ultra is a sterile, single-use female catheter that is six inches long and ready to use. The easy-to-open packaging tears at the top to expose the pre-lubricated straight tip catheter with smooth polished eyelets. The CoverAll application evenly distributes the lubrication as the Cure Ultra for Women is removed from the packaging. A unique “no roll” connector/funnel end allows for easy draining. The Cure Ultra for Women is not made with DEHP/DINP, BPA, or natural rubber latex. It is available in sizes 8Fr – 16Fr.

What male catheters does Cure Medical offer?

Cure Medical Pocket Catheter

The sterile, single-use U-shaped Cure Medical Pocket Catheter gives men a convenient and discreet option to carry with them in the pocket of their pants or a small bag. This intermittent male catheter features smooth polished eyelets on a straight tip with a funnel end. The extra-large flaps at the end of the packaging enable a better grip for easy opening. The Cure Medical Pocket Catheter for Men is not made with DEHP/DINP, BPA, or natural rubber latex, making it a safe option.

The Cure Medical Pocket Catheter is available as:

  • A single 16-inch catheter – SHOP NOW
  • A single 16-inch catheter with a packet of lubricant – SHOP NOW
  • A single 16-inch catheter with coude tip and a packet of lubricant – SHOP NOW
  • An extra-long 25-inch catheter with a gripper sleeve and a packet of lubricant – SHOW NOW
  • As a catheter kit that includes a single 16-inch catheter, a packet of lubricant, one BZK wipe, an underpad, a pair of ambidextrous gloves, and a collection bag – SHOP NOW

Cure Ultra for Men

The Cure Ultra catheter is a 16-inch, sterile, single-use, pre-lubricated, discreet catheter for men. This male catheter features CoverAll Technology that evenly distributes the lubricant along the catheter as it is removed from the packaging, eliminating any mess and drips. The blue gripper sleeve on the Cure Ultra Catheter for Men allows for a truly touch-free catheterization experience, reducing the risk of contamination or infection. You can even roll up the Cure Ultra and put it in your pocket because it is formulated with soft, high-quality materials that won’t kink when bent.

The Cure Medical Ultra Catheter for Men is not made with DEHP/DINP, BPA, or natural rubber latex and is available as straight or coude tip in sizes 8Fr – 18Fr.

Hydrophilic Cure Catheter for Men

The Hydrophilic Cure Catheter for Men is a sterile, single-use intermittent catheter available with a straight or coude tip. This hydrophilic catheter for men features smooth, polished eyelets, a purified water packet for no-mess/no-stain hydration, and a textured advancer/gripper for easy insertion. The hydrophilic coating allows for quick lubrication, and as always, this catheter is not made with DEHP/DINP, BPA, or natural rubber latex.

The Hydrophilic Cure Catheter for Men is 16-inches in length and available in sizes 12Fr – 16 Fr. The straight tip option is also available as a kit configuration that includes one hydrophilic catheter, a pair of ambidextrous gloves, one BZK wipe, an underpad, and a collection bag with a universal connector.

This catheter is also offered in a straight tip, 10-inch long pediatric size. It is available in 8Fr – 14Fr.

Unisex Catheters by Cure Medical

Cure Closed-System Catheter

The Cure Medical Closed-System Catheter for men and women is a sterile, single-use unisex catheter that features smooth polished eyelets for comfort and is manufactured without DEHP/DINP, BPA, or natural rubber latex. This pre-lubricated catheter comes as either a straight or coude tip with an integrated 1500mL collection bag.

The Cure Closed System Catheter is also offered as a kit, including one Cure Closed System Catheter (straight or coude tip), a BZK wipe, a sterile wipe, three povidone-iodine swabs, an underpad, and a pair of ambidextrous gloves.

Cure Dextra Closed-System Catheter

The Cure Dextra Closed System Catheter is a unisex, pre-lubricated, straight-tipped catheter with polished eyelets. It features a unique support band on the back of the bag to help control catheter insertion, so many users with full or limited dexterity will find this feature beneficial. The tip of the intermittent catheter moves out of the bag and into the body with zero contact, making this Cure catheter a safe choice. The Cure Dextra Closed System Catheter has an integrated 1000mL collection bag with a gripper arrow to make advancing the catheter easy with each forward stroke. The catheter refrains from retracing on each backstroke. As always, Cure Medical Products are DEHP/DINP-free, BPA-free, and latex-free.

The Cure Dextra Closed-System Catheter is available in sizes 12Fr – 16Fr.

Cure Uncoated Catheters for Men, Women, & Children

These sterile, single-use uncoated catheters feature polished eyelets on a straight or coude tip and are offered in 16- inch male, 6-inch female, and 10-inch pediatric lengths with sizes ranging from 8Fr – 18Fr. The unique dual opening package style allows it to be opened from either end to help improve the ease of use.

The Cure Medical Uncoated Catheters are always free from DEHP/DINP, BPA, and natural rubber latex.

Cure Medical takes great pride in its manufacturing process and listens carefully to feedback from users. As a catheter manufacturer that also donates 10 percent of its net revenue to research for a cure, Cure Medical stands tall. We are proud to carry a complete line of Cure Medical Catheters and are happy they are now a part of the ConvaTec family.

For questions about any of the Cure Medical catheters we carry or help with finding the Cure Medical catheters you have been prescribed, give us a call. One of our Catheter Experts will gladly assist you in the purchasing process.

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Neurogenic Bladder: Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment Options

The central nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and many nerves in between. It is responsible for many of the functions within our bodies. When the brain and the nervous system are not properly communicating, or there is damage to these nerves, messages that are supposed to be sent to and from the brain are disrupted. In neurogenic bladder, the nerves do not work the way that they should.

What is Neurogenic Bladder?

Neurogenic Bladder (NGB) happens when conditions related to the brain, spinal cord, or central nervous system affect the bladder. Under normal conditions, the bladder communicates with the brain to hold or release urine. When the nerves that control this communication are disrupted, the bladder becomes either overactive or underactive, depending on the nature of the damage. Neurogenic bladder occurs when neurological issues interrupt these critical messages, causing the bladder to malfunction.

Symptoms of Neurogenic Bladder

woman holding her hands on her stomach in painThe symptoms of neurogenic bladder depend on what is causing the condition. The most common symptom of NGB is the inability to control urination. You can either lose control over your ability to urinate (overactive bladder or OAB) or are unable to fully empty the bladder, or have slow bladder emptying (underactive bladder or UAB).

Other symptoms of neurogenic bladder may include:

  • A weak or dribbling urinary stream
  • Frequent urination (urinating eight or more times daily)
  • A feeling or need to urinate immediately (urge incontinence)
  • An inability to fully empty your bladder (urinary retention)
  • Painful urination, which may mean there is a urinary tract infection
  • Repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Difficulty determining when your bladder is full
  • Leaking urine

It is critical to contact your doctor if you have these symptoms or others that are related to urinating. More harm to the urinary system may happen by leaving signs and symptoms to progress without proper medical treatment.

What Causes Neurogenic Bladder?

Neurogenic bladder can be congenital or caused by a brain disorder or bladder nerve damage. Either way, the nerves that communicated between the brain and the bladder are not working correctly.

Congenital disabilities that can cause neurogenic bladder include:

Spina bifida

When a fetus’ spine does not fully develop during the first month of pregnancy, Spina bifida occurs. After birth, babies often have weakness or paralysis that affects the bladder and how it works.

Sacral agenesis

Sacral agenesis is a congenital condition in which parts or all of the sacrum and lower spine are missing.

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of chronic disorders that affect a person’s ability to control body movement and posture. These disorders result from injury to the motor areas of the brain. Cerebral refers to the brain, and palsy refers to the weakened muscles. Cerebral palsy may occur in the womb or after birth and is not always diagnosed in the first year of life.

Various other medical conditions and brain disorders that can cause neurogenic bladder include the following:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Trauma/accidents
  • Central nervous system tumors
  • Heavy metal poisoning

If your doctor thinks you might have a neurogenic bladder, they will perform or order nervous system and bladder muscles tests. By treating the underlying condition, symptoms can often be reduced.

How is Neurogenic Bladder Diagnosed?

Various tests can help determine the health of the central nervous system and the bladder for a doctor to determine if neurogenic bladder is the diagnosis.

Some of the typical testing a doctor may perform or order includes:

Medical history

Your health care provider may ask you several questions to understand your medical history. These questions may include:

  • Symptoms you are having, how long you have had them, and how they are changing your life
  • Information about your past and current health problems
  • A list of the over-the-counter and prescription drugs you are taking
  • How your diet is and about how many liquids you drink during an average day

Physical exam

A physical exam may help your doctor better understand what might be causing your symptoms. The physical exam will likely include your abdomen, pelvis or prostate, and rectum.

Urine culture

A sample of your urine is tested for blood or infection when asked for a urine culture.

Bladder scan

A bladder scan is an ultrasound that shows the amount of urine remaining in the bladder after using the restroom.

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You may be asked to keep a bladder diary to track how often you are using the restroom or leaking each day. By keeping a bladder diary for a couple of weeks, your doctor and you can sit down to discuss and learn more about your daily symptoms.

You can download and print your bladder diary here: Bladder Diary

Cystoscopy

A catheter with a tiny camera is inserted into the urethra during a cystoscopy to look into the bladder. This procedure can help the doctor diagnose urinary problems and determine what treatment is necessary. The test can tell how much the bladder can hold, how elastic it is, and when you feel the need to release urine. Bladder cancer, an enlarged prostate, and UTIs can all be found during a cystoscopy.

Other imaging

Your doctor may need to do additional imaging tests such as x-rays and CT scans to help diagnose your condition. Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist for imaging of the spine and brain.

How is Neurogenic Bladder Treated?

Treatment for neurogenic bladder is dependent on what is causing your symptoms and how serious they are. Manufacturers in the medical industry continue to release new inventions to help improve bladder control. The most popular surgery for both men and women is bladder sling surgery. Your doctor may consider these procedures when helping you determine what may work best for you.

Currently, there is no cure for neurogenic bladder, but these are some options your doctor may recommend as treatments to help manage your symptoms:

Portrait of happy young Caucasian woman wearing sportswear doing pelvic muscle exercise lying on mat and smiling in gymBladder training

Kegel exercises can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Since these muscles support your bowel and bladder, practicing these exercises can help prevent urinary leakage. To learn more about Kegel exercises for pelvic floor health, visit our blog post, Take Control of Your Pelvic Floor Disorder.

Delay urination

By waiting a few minutes after you feel the urge to urinate, you are practicing delayed voiding. The goal of delaying urination is to extend this time to a few hours in another attempt to train your bladder.

Urinate on a schedule

By urinating at certain times throughout the day, you might avoid, which can help prevent your bladder from becoming too full. Your doctor may also ask you to keep a bladder diary or journal to record any leakage incidents. A bladder diary can help you determine the best intervals for urinating.

Incontinence products

Incontinence products such as protective underwear, pads, panty shields, panty liners, and adult diapers can help prevent wetness and odors while protecting skin and clothing. The use of underpads, bed pads, chux, and mattress protectors can protect mattresses.

Intermittent catheterization

Your doctor may recommend intermittent catheterization to ensure complete bladder emptying. You may need to self-catheterize a few times a day; however, the catheter may need to stay in long-term in some instances. A variety of intermittent catheters are available to ensure the experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Medication

Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescribe certain medications to help to relax the bladder muscles and help improve bladder function.

collage of coffee mug, brownies, tomatoes, and alcoholic beveragesChange of lifestyle and diet

Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce pressure on the bladder and help relieve symptoms of overactive bladder. Avoiding foods and beverages such as the following can also help reduce or prevent irritating your system:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Dairy
  • Chocolate
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Citrus fruits
  • Fruit juices

Electrical stimulation

Another treatment option is electrical stimulation therapy. This therapy involves placing small electrodes on the bladder. When stimulated, the electrodes can send impulses to the brain, telling it you need to urinate.

Botox for OAB

Botox works by stopping the nerve signals to the bladder muscles that trigger OAB. The entire procedure is outpatient and typically done in a doctor’s office. Your doctor will fill your bladder with a numbing agent. Once the bladder is numb, a cystoscope is inserted through the urethra, and Botox is injected into multiple strategic points of the bladder muscle. Your doctor will discuss Botox as a treatment for neurogenic bladder if you are intolerant to all other medications and treatment options.

Surgery

If other treatments fail, you could require a procedure or device to help you urinate. Your doctor can insert an artificial sphincter into your body that compresses the urethra to prevent urinary leakage, which can be manually released to allow emptying of the bladder. Other surgical options include bladder reconstruction surgery which may help with bladder control, or undergoing urostomy surgery. With a urostomy, the ureters are attached to a small portion of the ilium that is then used to create a stoma. A urostomy pouch is then be used to collect and discard urine from the body.

At Personally Delivered, we carry a wide range of incontinence products, catheters, ostomy supplies, and more to manage various symptoms from medical conditions. For help choosing the products, you need for your unique situation, give us a call. One of our compassionate, knowledgeable, and friendly Product Experts is ready to assist.

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Botox Treatment for Overactive Bladder

Are you experiencing a sudden urge to urinate more often than usual? Do you find yourself unable to make it to the restroom in time? Or are you experiencing side effects from certain medications that impact your bladder? If so, you might be wondering if Botox treatment for Overactive Bladder may be the right solution for you.

What is Overactive Bladder?

An Overactive Bladder (OAB) can happen to anyone, regardless of age, sex, or race. It is a chronic incontinence condition that affects the communication between nerve signals and bladder muscles. The bladder muscles contract uncontrollably, resulting in the involuntary leakage of urine. These uncontrollable spasms of the bladder create a strong and sudden urge to urinate and are often accompanied by frequent urination throughout the day and night.

What is Botox?

Botox, formally termed onabotulinumtoxinA, is a drug that is classified as a neurotoxin. Neurotoxins disrupt the nervous system and how it functions. These types of drugs specifically are toxins that destroy nerve tissue. Since the nerves cannot transmit signals to the muscles when Botox is injected, the muscles become extremely relaxed or paralyzed.

How Can Botox Treat Overactive Bladder?

Have you experienced severe side effects from OAB medications or did not find relief using those medications? Before discussing Botox as a treatment for your OAB, start thinking about how OAB may be affecting your life.

  • Is OAB limiting your daily activities because you frequently need to find and use restrooms?
  • Are you limiting your intake of fluids?
  • Do you feel embarrassed that others are noticing your symptoms?
  • Are you experiencing frustration because OAB impacts your daily decisions like what you wear, where you go and affects your self-confidence?

If OAB is compromising your overall quality of life, Botox for Overactive Bladder may help.

In your body, certain chemicals travel from nerve cells to bladder muscle cells so they can contract and you can urinate. With OAB, these muscles uncontrollably contract and cause a sudden urge to go to the bathroom, causing involuntary leakage or the need to urinate many times throughout the day.

Botox can help patients with OAB reduce their leakage episodes by 50%-75%. It works by stopping the nerve signals to the bladder muscles that trigger OAB. The entire procedure is outpatient and typically done in a physician’s office. Your doctor will fill your bladder with a numbing agent. Once the bladder is numb, a cystoscope is inserted through the urethra, and Botox is injected into multiple strategic points of the bladder muscle. The entire prep, procedure, and monitoring should take approximately one hour.

What are the Possible Side Effects of Botox Treatments for Overactive Bladder?

Coloplast SpeediCath Compact Catheter Set for WomenAfter the Botox treatment for Overactive Bladder is complete, you may have a few side effects such as:

  • It may sting or burn when you urinate the first few times after treatment.
  • You may notice a small amount of blood in your urine.
  • You might experience an inability to empty your bladder fully.
  • You might get a urinary tract infection (UTI).

If any of these symptoms persist longer than a week, you should contact your doctor. If you continue to have trouble fully emptying your bladder, your doctor may prescribe the temporary use of an intermittent catheter such as the Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter or the SpeediCath Compact Sets for Women or Men. Since Botox treatment for Overactive Bladder has had much success, using a catheter has been a rare side effect.

How Long Does Botox Treatment for Overactive Bladder Last?

Each person will respond differently to Botox treatment for Overactive Bladder. The Botox injections can help manage OAB with as few as two treatments per calendar year. After the first treatment, you should experience fewer and fewer leakage episodes as the weeks move on. In clinical trials, Botox relieved OAB symptoms for up to six months.

It may be helpful to keep a bladder diary to track your urination pattern and how you felt before and after Botox treatment for Overactive Bladder. When you meet with your doctor to discuss the results of your treatment, bring this bladder diary with you. Your doctor will use this as a tool to determine if you may need an additional Botox treatment sooner than every six months.

Download our useful Bladder Diary now.

Is Botox as a Treatment for OAB Covered by Medicare?

The good news is Botox treatment for Overactive Bladder is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. You may have no out-of-pocket expense; however, the cost of Botox is different for everyone depending on your specific insurance company.

To see if you are eligible and to find out how much Botox treatment for Overactive Bladder will cost you, visit this handy calculator now.

For any questions related to incontinence products that we offer to help manage Overactive Bladder symptoms, please Contact Us or give us a call at (800)777-1111. Our compassionate and experienced team is here to help make life a little easier for you so you can get back to enjoying life.

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How to Lubricate Your Catheter

If you are new or a novice to self-catheterization, you know how essential comfort is to the process. Inserting a tube into the urethra that is smooth and slick yet not messy will provide the best catheterization experience and put you at ease. Using a high-quality catheter lubricant to lubricate your catheter is an essential step in self-catheterization. We will dive into why this catheter accessory is important and how to use it to lubricate your catheter.

Why a Urinary Catheter is Needed

A catheter is needed when you are unable to urinate on your own. When urine builds up in the bladder, it can be uncomfortable and also cause problems such as serious kidney infections if left untreated. Self-catheterization is a way to completely empty your bladder when you need to. A thin, flexible tube is inserted into the urethra until it reaches the bladder. The catheter then lets the urine flow out into an attached urinary drainage bag.

Urinary catheters are used for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Lengthy surgical procedures when you are under anesthesia and unable to control your bladder.
  • Nerve damage caused by a medical condition such as Multiple Sclerosis or a spinal cord injury.
  • Urinary incontinence that causes leakage or urinary retention that causes you to be unable to urinate.
  • An enlarged prostate, which can narrow the urethra or put additional pressure on the bladder.

Regularly emptying your bladder may prevent urine leaks and help prevent kidney damage from blocked urine and infections.

It is essential to stay clean when using a urinary catheter to help prevent infection. Part of this process is using a high-quality lubricant or choosing a hydrophilic or pre-lubricated catheter.

Using a Lubricant to Lubricate Your Catheter

If you’re using an uncoated straight catheter, it is recommended to use a high-quality catheter lubricant for a comfortable experience. When you lubricate your catheter, you may reduce the risk of urethral trauma and potential infections.

using a high-quality lube can improve the catheterization experience

Choosing Your Lubricant to Lubricate Your Catheter

Catheter lubricant should always be used when inserting an intermittent urinary catheter to reduce pain, discomfort, and friction. The use of lubricant to lubricate your catheter may also help reduce infections such as urinary tract infections (UTI). Choosing a high-quality sterile lubricant will aid in the most comfortable catheterization experience and do the best for you.

Some essential features of a high-quality lubricant to keep in mind when choosing your self-catheter lubricant include:

  • Water-soluble lubricant – offers the most comfortable slickness and will not compromise the integrity of a silicone catheter.
  • Viscous lubricant – reduces friction and makes the process smoother.
  • Bacteriostatic lubricant – contains agents that inhibit bacterial growth, which helps prevent infection.

Personally Delivered carries a wide variety of catheter lubricants from trusted brands such as Cardinal Health, Mckesson, Cure Medical, Surgilube, HR Pharmaceuticals, and more. All of our catheter lubricants to lubricate your catheter that we carry are safe, sterile, and water-soluble. Catheter lubricants are available in different packaging styles, all of which are convenient sizes for travel or on the go.

Healthcare professionals have used catheter lubricant in a flip-top cap or screw-on cap such as Surgilube lubricant since 1932. This catheter lubricant is water-soluble, sterile, viscous, and bacteria-inhibiting. Surgilube minimizes friction to provide a smooth and comfortable catheterization experience from start to finish.

Surgilube Catheter Lubricant with flip-top cap

HR Pharma Lubricating Jelly comes in a convenient 5-gram foil packet. This catheter lubricant to lubricate your catheter is sterile, greaseless, water-soluble, and easy to clean up. These OneShot foil packets are designed to be easy to open and contain just the right amount of catheter lubricant for each use. HR Pharma Lubricating Jelly is also available in a flip-top cap option that is easy to open and close using just one hand for those with dexterity problems.

HR Pharma Lubricating Jelly Five Gram Foil Packets

How to Lubricate Your Catheter

Now that we have discussed the need for a catheter and the importance of choosing a high-quality lubricant, we will provide general instructions on how to lubricate your catheter and insert it. Your doctor should provide you with basic instructions when prescribed your catheters; however, you may find these instructions a bit more detailed.

Prepare the necessary supplies

Aloe Vesta wipesYou will need the following items:

  • Anti-bacterial soap and warm water or personal antiseptic wipes
  • Your clean intermittent catheter
  • Catheter lubricant (not petroleum jelly or Vaseline as they are not water-soluble)
  • A waterproof bed pad
  • A container to hold the urine or the toilet

Prepare for insertion

  • Try to urinate first before using your clean catheter.
  • Wash and dry your hands with anti-bacterial soap and warm water.
  • Clean the end of your penis or genital area well with anti-bacterial soap and warm water or personal cleansing wipes. If you are a male and not circumcised, make sure to clean under the foreskin, too.
  • Sit or lie down with knees bent and place the bed pad under your penis or genital area. Put the collection container close to you, or if you are using a toilet, make sure to stand directly above it to catch any urine.

Lubricate your catheter

  • Spread the catheter lubricant on the tip of the urinary catheter, lubricating only the first half of the intermittent catheter. You will need a good amount of catheter lubricant to ensure the catheter will not cause friction to your urethra.
  • Place the other end of the catheter over the toilet bowl or in the container to catch the urine.

*Using sterile, water-soluble, viscous, and bacteriostatic catheter lubricant to lubricate your catheter will reduce pain, risk of infection, and urethral damage. Remember to make sure you choose a high-quality catheter lubricant for a clean and comfortable catheterization experience.

Insert the intermittent catheter

  • Gently insert the catheter into the urethra opening. Slowly move the catheter in until urine begins to flow. Push the catheter in about another inch and hold it in place.
  • Allow the urine to drain into the collection container or toilet.
  • Remove the catheter slowly when urine stops flowing.
  • Wash and dry your hands.

Catheters are not meant to be reused and are to be discarded after each use. The self-catheterization process should never hurt or cause sharp pain. If the catheter is not going in, stop and take a moment to relax. A catheter should never be forced into the urethra. This action could cause severe trauma and tear this sensitive tissue.

When to Contact Your Doctor

Don’t ignore signs of an infection, any pain, or other concerns. You should contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Burning or pain when you urinate. You might have a urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • You cannot urinate or not passing much urine at all.
  • There is blood in the urine, or there is a foul smell.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Too much pain upon insertion of your catheter despite the use of lubricant to lubricate your catheter.
  • You have a fever of 100.4°F(38.0°C) or higher, as advised by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

At Personally Delivered, we are proud to be a supplier of a variety of high-quality catheter lubricants to lubricate your catheter for comfort. Choosing the right catheter lubricant is one of the most critical steps in a safe, clean, and comfortable self-catheterization experience. Our catheter Product Experts are here to assist if you need help choosing the catheter gel or jelly to lubricate your catheter. We will make it easy for you.

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GentleCath™ FeelClean™ Technology

Are you sometimes feeling “stuck” or frustrated determining which catheter is best for your unique needs? Have you been resorting to a less expensive intermittent catheter that you are used to and more familiar with for fear of taking a risk to try something new? Sometimes it is easier to just put up with the mess that has become the routine instead of opting for something that might be uncomfortable or not work for you.

GentleCath™ has developed a solution and designed their GentleCath™ Glide intermittent catheters with innovative and advanced technology to transform their users’ intermittent catheterization experience. GentleCath™ Glide catheters with FeelClean™ Technology are designed to finally offer a clean and comfortable catheterization experience without the messiness, drying out, and sticky situations.

What is FeelClean™ Technology?

FeelClean™ Technology was developed by ConvaTec for their GentleCath™ Glide intermittent catheters and are the only intermittent catheters with this advanced technology. As the GentleCath™ Glide catheters are manufactured, the FeelClean™ Technology additive is embedded into the catheter material itself. Whereas traditional hydrophilic catheters are dipped into a cured surface coating. GentleCath™ Glide catheters’ hydrophilic properties are in every part of the tube’s material.

What Are the Benefits of FeelClean™ Technology?

Hydrophilic Properties Are Maintained

GentleCath™ Glide catheters can maintain their hydrophilic properties because of this FeelClean™ Technology. The entire catheter from tip to end is embedded with this innovative technology to maintain its hydrophilic properties within a wet environment for a smooth and comfortable catheterization experience.

90 percent of GentleCath Glide users rated them as more comfortable because of the FeelClean™ Technology

Activation is Instant

With FeelClean™ Technology, there is no need to wait for the GentleCath™ Glide catheters to be activated. Some other catheters with a hydrophilic coating on their surface need to soak before they are fully hydrated and ready to use. GentleCath™ catheters with FeelClean™ Technology are ready to use as soon as you need them.

87 percent of GentleCath Glide users rated them as cleaner because of the FeelClean™ Technology

No Sticky Residue and Won’t Dry Out

Because of the FeelClean™ Technology embedded into the actual catheter material, GentleCath™ Glide catheters won’t dry out or become sticky. The catheter remains smooth for the entire catheterization process from start to finish for maximum comfort.

No Mess Left Behind

Worrying about a mess and getting your clothes soiled during intermittent catheterization is the thing of the past with FeelClean™ Technology. ConvaTec has taken the extra effort to test their GentleCath™ Glide catheters, and their findings have resulted in less residue left behind than competitive products. The unique technology has proved to leave less mess on hands, body, and clothing.

Watch How FeelClean™ Technology Works

Enroll in the GentleCath™ me+ Program

Many questions arise during your catheterization journey, and that is precisely why ConvaTec created the GentleCath™ me+ Program. This program provides support for intermittent catheter users at no cost. There are many benefits to the program that include video trainers, personalized product sampling, connecting with a team of nurses for specific questions and advice, and so much more.

Learn about the complimentary GentleCath™ me+ Program, how to enroll, and more by clicking the button below.

GentleCath™ Glide Catheters with FeelClean™ Technology

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GentleCath™ Glide Female Catheter

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GentleCath Male Coudé Tip Catheter

We are proud to offer GentleCath™ Glide catheters with FeelClean™ Technology at Personally Delivered. If you have any questions about these or any other intermittent catheters we carry, our friendly, knowledgeable, and caring Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist.

Remember, your catheterization experience should never be uncomfortable. With GentleCath™ FeelClean™ Technology, you will have less of a mess, no more sticky situations, and get back to doing the things that bring you joy.

References:
1. Study U378 GentleCath™ Glide Final Report (n=39). Data on file.
2. WHRI4930 TA565 GentleCath Glide Residuals. Data on file.
*Maintains hydrophilic properties within a moist environment.

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The Importance of Being Your Own Health Advocate

Health care providers and hospitals have the best intentions in mind; however, medical errors do occur. If you feel something is wrong, it is crucial to be your own health advocate and speak up. Bringing attention to a potential issue could prevent a future error with another patient. Meena Dhanjal Outlaw suffered a spinal cord injury over 20 years ago that left her significantly paralyzed. Here, she speaks about the importance of being your own health advocate.

All Doctors Are Not Created Equal

When I had my spinal cord injury seventeen years ago, it was evident that the type of medical attention I need is by doctors who understand a spinal cord injury. I lived far away from the rehabilitation facility that practically took care of my needs, so I sought a general physician close to home. Unfortunately, I found that she was not well-versed in treating patients with spinal cord injuries,

I could go to my general physician for common colds and other minor issues. However, I realized she didn’t understand how my body functioned after a spinal cord injury.

For example, every time I had to give a urine sample, she would note that there was bacteria in my urine and instantly say, ‘You have a urinary tract infection.’ and give me a prescription for antibiotics.  I already knew from the specialized doctors I had seen thus far that I would only need an antibiotic if I had a fever or unexpected bladder accidents. So to avoid conflict with the doctor, I just never filled the prescription.

It wasn’t easy at times, but if I didn’t speak up for myself, then who will?

Pay Attention to Your Body and Ask Questions

Doctor Discussing Medication with his patient as they sit next to one anotherAt one point, I had to call my surgeon when I experienced a post-op problem. The surgeon had placed a port under my shoulder to provide easier access to the type of transfusion that will successfully treat the neuromuscular disease I have in addition to my spinal cord injury, which is called Myasthenia Gravis.

I knew there was a problem, considering the amount of blood oozing from where the incision had been made to place the catheter. The nurse in post-op knew that they had missed a stitch. After looking at the wound, the doctor didn’t think it was necessary to put in an extra stitch.

I was in pain the entire weekend after the surgery and felt I was consuming way too much over-the-counter pain medication.

Upon going for my second transfusion, I mentioned to the doctor that I was still in a lot of pain. He dismissed my pain, told me I had a small clot, and redressed the area.

Unfortunately, I felt I couldn’t speak up for myself at that time. However, since then, I spoke with my neurologist, who recommended pain medication. In addition, the doctors will now be keeping a closer eye on this area since I have several more treatments there.

If You are Concerned, Speak Up for Yourself

Self-advocacy isn’t always getting the result you think is necessary for you. Instead, it’s about not being afraid to speak up when necessary. Many people with a disability feel they cannot speak up for themselves because they don’t want to offend the doctor and possibly get more neglectful care.

I look back and wonder if I had spoken up at the time, would that surgeon continue to dismiss me or would I have had a weekend free of pain?

Take Charge and Educate Yourself – Be Your Own Health Advocate

older woman sitting in a chair and reading a book

The best form of defense for me as a woman with a spinal cord injury was to educate myself about my own condition. This helped me better take action over my situation and prevent specific problems.

For example, if I took the antibiotics every time the general physician prescribed them to me, my body could’ve become immune to antibiotic treatment. At that point of severity, the only way to treat a UTI would be intravenously in a hospital with a much stronger dose of antibiotics.

Today, I have a general physician who listens to me and is well-versed in treating patients with Myasthenia Gravis and spinal cord injuries. While visiting her means a longer drive, it’s worth it to me because her care is so important.

So to recap:

  • Don’t be afraid to speak up.
  • Become knowledgeable about your condition so that you know what to do even after leaving a physician with no treatment to remedy your issue.
  • Find a doctor that understands
  • Don’t be afraid of distance.
  • Know your rights as a patient.

For further information on becoming your own health advocate and your rights as a patient, check out this helpful link www.patientadvocate.org, and remember knowledge is power.

Becoming your own health advocate can take time, but as Meena explains in her story, that tremendously helped her. There are many struggles that can come along with a spinal cord injury such as:

  • Neurological issues that can lead to loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Poor coordination or balance when walking
  • Extreme back, neck, and head pain
  • Changes in sexual function, sensitivity, and fertility

Being your own health advocate can help you feel more in control of your condition and have more confidence in the decisions you make for your medical care. When you take an active role in your health care, you are more likely to get the resources you need.

At Personally Delivered, we carry home delivery medical supplies for a wide variety of conditions. Whether you are looking for adult disposable diapers, incontinence pads, protective underwear, catheter supplies, or any other medical supplies, we have got you covered. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and caring Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist you in the purchasing process.

About the Author

Meena Dhanjal Outlaw

On January 23, 2000, Meena suffered a spinal cord injury that left her a T12 paraplegic. She worked hard to grow and push past adversity and challenges and even went back to school for a four-year diploma in writing for teenagers and children.

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The Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter

The Infyna Chic is the most recent hydrophilic female catheter from Hollister. This intermittent hydrophilic catheter for women is now available at Personally Delivered, and we are excited to share with you all of the beautiful features. Hollister understands that discretion is critical to women who catheterize, so let’s dive into learning more about this discreet and easy-to-use new female intermittent catheter.

The Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter Features

Flip-top cap

This intermittent hydrophilic catheter for women was designed not only with discreetness but with ease-of-use in mind. The beautiful pastel pink pocket-sized carrying case’s lid flips open and closed using just one hand.

5-inch length

The Infyna Chic hydrophilic female catheter is 5-inches in length, giving assurance that the bladder is fully drained.

hand holding the hollister infyna chic catheter by the funnel allowing a touch-free catheterization process Touch-free insertion

The Infyna Chic Intermittent Catheter allows for touch-free insertion as it is just the right stiffness to glide into the urethra. The heat-polished eyelets are an added benefit to allow for greater comfort during the insertion process.

Uniquely color-coded funnels

The unique French size funnel colors of the Infyna Chic hydrophilic intermittent catheters are an array of beautiful pastel colors, unlike the traditional catheter funnels that are much brighter. These attractive, elegant colors give this female catheter a delicate feminine appeal.

Pre-hydrated

This hydrophilic female catheter is also pre-hydrated in its own water solution. This pre-hydration means the catheter is ready-to-go when you are. Since the fluid is water-based instead of gel-based, standard fabrics will not stain if you accidentally spill. Upon flipping the cap closed, there is no worry about any liquids leaking from the container.

Recyclable case

As a bonus, the case is not only discreet but recyclable. This feature means less environmental waste and a reduced carbon footprint.

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The Hollister Infyna Chic Catheter Unique French Size Funnel Colors

The universal color-coding system that’s a part of catheter sizing allows you to look at the funnel color to ensure you are using the proper prescribed French size. Unlike the traditional bold and brighter shades of other catheter funnels mentioned in the features above, the Hollister Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter funnels are a delicate array of beautiful and feminine pastels.

hollister infyna chic catheter funnel color reference chart

How to Use the Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheter

Collect your supplies

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial hand soap
  • A toilet
  • A moist towelette or personal wipe
  • Your Hollister Infyna Chic catheter

hand gripping the hollister infyna chic hrophilic female catheter by the funnelPrepare for insertion

  • Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use a moist towelette or personal wipe and cleanse the genital area.
  • Either sit or stand near the toilet and open your legs.
  • Flip open the cap of the Infyna Chic catheter with your thumb. This action will break the seal.
  • Grip the catheter’s funnel with your dominant hand, making sure not to touch the catheter tube itself.
  • Using your non-dominant hand, spread the labia open and gently start inserting the catheter into the urethra until urine begins to flow.
  • Once urine stops flowing, slowly remove the catheter and insert it back into its case. Once the cap is closed, there is no worry about leaking.
  • You can now carry the catheter to a place for disposal or throw the catheter away and recycle the case.

You should not feel sharp pain or hurt in any way during the catheterization process. If you experience these feelings, try taking a deep breath and attempt insertion of the catheter again.

Also remember, that all catheters are intended to be single-use devices. Attempting to reuse a catheter increases the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and can damage the hydrophilic coating, making catheterization more painful.

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Where to Buy Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Female Catheters

We are proud to carry the Hollister Infyna Chic Hydrophilic Intermittent Female Catheter at Personally Delivered. Should you have more questions about this female catheter, our friendly and knowledgeable Product Experts are ready to assist.

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GentleCath me+™ Program by ConvaTec

It is natural to have several questions along the way on your catheterization journey. ConvaTec is committed to supporting your needs and making continence care more convenient and comfortable.

The GentleCath me+™ Program is a free support program designed to help intermittent catheter users like you navigate life a little easier. The goal of GentleCath me+™ is to make sure your catheterization needs are taken care of so you can be less stressed and focus on what matters to you most.

What are the Benefits of the GentleCath me+™ Program?

When you enroll in the complimentary GentleCath me+™ program, you will gain full access to several valuable benefits:

  • With GentleCath™ Video Trainer, you can create your personalized video guide with tips and advice tailored to you and the specific intermittent catheter you are using.
  • GentleCath me+™ Support consists of a team of WOC nurses and product specialists available by phone or email to answer questions and offer advice.
  • GentleCath me+™ Answers is your “go-to” resource for answering all of your catheterization questions in great detail.
  • GentleCath me+™ Community highlights real stories from other intermittent catheter users and provides a wealth of help and advice.
  • Personalized product sampling offers to help ensure you are using the best intermittent catheter for your unique needs.

We will go into more detail about each of these benefits, but let’s first discuss the available GentleCath Intermittent Catheters.

The Four Types of GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheters

GentleCath™ users feel confident using products designed for safety and ease of use. Each individual has their own unique set of needs when it comes to catheterization, which is why GentleCath™ offers a variety of product solutions.

The four types of GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheters are:

1. GentleCath™ Glide Catheter

GentleCath Glide catheterThe GentleCath™ Glide Catheter is a less messy option for a fast and convenient catheterization experience. The FeelClean™ Technology offers a smooth, slippery surface and reduced residue. Also, it features a handling sleeve for a touchless experience, which helps you avoid getting bacteria from your hands on the catheter.

Benefits of Using GentleCath™ Glide Catheters

  • Quick lubrication: GentleCath™ Glide catheters are ready to use as soon as you break the included water sachet and wet the length of the catheter.
  • Low-friction hydrophilic surface: The smooth, slippery surface makes the catheterization insertion experience more comfortable and prevents any tissue trauma.
  • FeelClean™ Technology: The unique FeelClean™ technology is less messy and reduces the residuals left behind when catheterizing.
  • A touchless handling sleeve: GentleCath™ Glide catheters have a no-touch handling sleeve to help prevent contamination of the catheter with bacteria from the hands.
  • Not made with DEHP: DEHP (di(2-Ethylhexyl)phthalate) a plastic softener that may be linked to cancer and reduced fertility.

 

Download the GentleCath™ Glide Male User Guide

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2. GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheter

GentleCath Hydrophilic Female CatheterThe GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Catheter allows for a simple catheterization experience from beginning to end. The included sterile water sachet activates the coating, and the handling strip allows you to catheterize without touching the catheter tube itself, reducing the risk of infection.

 

Download the GentleCath™ Hydrophilic Male User Guide

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3. GentleCath™ Uncoated Catheter

GentleCath Female CatheterThe GentleCath™ Uncoated Intermittent Catheter makes insertion and removal smooth and easy with its soft rounded tip and polished eyelets to minimize friction. The GentleCath™ Uncoated Catheter is available with both straight and coudé tips.

 

Download the GentleCath™ Uncoated Male User Guide

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4. GentleCath™ Pro Closed-System Catheter

GentleCath Pro-Closed System CatheterWith the GentleCath™ Pro Closed-System Catheter, you can use your catheter wherever and whenever you need it. This all-in-one intermittent catheter minimizes the risk of infection with its touch-free design of a pre-attached collection bag.

 

Download the GentleCath™ Pro Closed-System Male User Guide

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GentleCath me+™ Video Trainer

With the GentleCath me+™ Video Trainer, just answer a few simple questions, and you will be able to view your very own video within a couple of minutes. Detailed instructions and tips tailored to you serve as an educational aid to provide clear instruction on the use of your particular type of intermittent catheter.

GentleCath me+™ Support

two men laughing and supporting one anotherWhen adjusting to catheterizing, you might find yourself dealing with a range of practical, physical, and emotional challenges. GentleCath me+™ Support brings you the products and support you need, tips and advice you can use, and an inspiring community to be a part of. You’ll get the support you need throughout your entire journey.

GentleCath me+™ Support is customized to provide the proper support at the right time throughout all stages of your journey. A team of dedicated nurses and product specialists can give you the support and answers you need.

You can fill out a contact form, call them directly, or send an email from HERE.

GentleCath me+™ Answers

You can get answers to commonly asked questions and explore articles providing tips, tricks, resources, and solutions with the GentleCath me+™ Answers benefit. Topics span relationships, travel, physical activities, and everyday life.

GentleCath me+™ Answers is committed to helping you find answers to the questions you may have as an intermittent catheter user. There is a place to ask your unique questions that you would like answered.

GentleCath me+™ Community

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In the GentleCath me+™ Community, you can read inspiring stories and experiences from other intermittent catheter users while discovering an entire community of help and advice.

Everyone’s catheterization journey will be different, so the GentleCath me+™ Community was designed to help create meaningful connections and facilitate encouragement between intermittent catheter users.

GentleCath me+™ Personalized Product Sampling

GentleCath Glide Male CatheterWith a valid prescription from your physician, you can request GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheter samples for both men and women. Just answer a few simple questions, and you will be contacted by a ConvaTec representative regarding the GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheter sample that interests you.

Enroll in GentleCath me+™

Enrolling in GentleCath me+™ gives you all the valuable resources and support you need all at no cost to you. You will have access to a dedicated team of WOC nurses and specialists to information on products and lifestyle. You don’t have to figure it out alone with the GentleCath me+™ program.

Enroll Now

We at Personally Delivered are proud to be a part of the ConvaTec family. We are also available to speak to you about any questions you may have about GentleCath me+™ or any of the GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheters we carry. Our dedicated and compassionate catheter experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist.

So if you are a GentleCath™ Intermittent Catheter user, why not enroll in GentleCath me+™ and get back to living your life the way you want to!

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